September 23, 2016 Beach Slang – A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings (Album Review)
Just a group of use-to-be-rowdy teens, nothing screams Punk like peeling yourselves off the Philly streets and making a name for yourself, even if it is just a small one, for now. Closing in on three years of formation, 2013 brought the members of Beach Slang together through the sheer passion of music. It could be said it was fate that a small jam session turned into a perfect fit for James Alex and Ed McNulty, only to have all of the pieces fall into place when their second guitarist, Ruben Gallego, joined the Indie group a little later on.
Through the release of their 2015 debut album, The Things We Do To Find The People Who Feel Like Us, Beach Slang slowly, but surely, started to attract a fanbase; a group of like-minded people who all vibe to the melodic sounds of modern day, quality Punk music. If it was not for their fun, upbeat tunes and attitudes, the band would not have made a lasting impression on the local scene or gathered a group of dedicated followers who would soon go to every show, get tattoos supporting the guys, or even be an inspiration to Beach Slang’s second full length album.
Sounding of youth and teenage revelry, Beach Slang has taken their music to a whole new level. With A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, out to the public September 23rd, vulnerability is an attribute that is displayed quite frequently throughout, all while giving a sense of purpose to those who share the common interest. Coming a long way since the early ’70s, Punk music has had its ups and downs, but never really seems to disappoint; just like any talented artist. Through Beach Slang’s short journey, everything they have done has led up to this record; a sort of anthem to their past and all those who can reconcile with it.
An album like A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings perfectly combines the gnarly ways of Punk Rock, all while having the bouncing feel of a Pop tune, making any listener prone to instant likeability. While the entirety of the record is a bountiful tour-de-force of Beach Slang, there are some tracks that just steal the show. With the opening track “Future Mixtape For The Art Kid,” listeners are forced to take part in the beginning of an unstoppable future filled with nothing but raw energy and kicking Punk Rock jams; “Play it loud, play it fast. Play me something that will always last.” Sending listeners into a fury of unbeatable talent, the record continues on with tracks like “Art Damage” and “Hot Tramps,” pieces that are both danceable and relatable; two songs that would sound completely rad live, and even better with a crowd chanting back the lyrics. Beach Slang is a band that just goes to show dreams can be achieved.
Just maybe the magnum opus of the album, “Punks In A Disco Bar” is brilliant. With a sound like no other, this track will sweep any listener off their feet. It was one of the first to be heard by fans all over, being released with a genius music video, giving fans a slight insight of A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. All coming together with the last two tracks of the album, “The Perfect High” is the definition of a withstandable love. A tad bit mellow than most other pieces, this song will seep into the brain of any listener. With lyrics that will remain embedded in the minds of all, and melodies that are utterly catchy, Beach Slang use the perfect amount of both complexity and tranquility to make a work of unique emotion. Followed by “Warpaint,” a song that will lift any bad spirit, listeners are given the sense of being that they deserve in the Beach Slang community; “You’re not as broken as you are brave.”
Forming their lives to everything that Beach Slang is, the guys put their all into each and every chord as well as lyric performed on any piece. Believing they are here to create musical masterpieces that make listeners actually feel something, would be an understatement. The guys of Beach Slang have done nothing but put their entire souls into the world of Punk Rock. Wearing their hearts on their sleeve and not caring who sees it, they give a voice to those who share a passion for art. If there is one thing to take away from Beach Slang, it is to just live life and turn up the music. CrypticRock gives A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings 4 out of 5 stars.